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the thing about it you have to understand is you are trying to look at him individually as a long term solution. What you are not thinking about is, that here's a guy from the Japan league who has a very unusual delivery, and will tend to do pretty well his first year here (2014). At that point, at the trade deadline the Cubs will trade him for a solid prospect. That's Lim Chang-Yong's nice little addition to our system, thank you Sir and enjoy retirement.
Not every FA is a guy who will immediately be traded once its shown he is of value.
Oh I agree, but in this case, due to his age. You can assume maybe 1 year? Possibly 1 and a half?
If his age is such a detriment then who would give up anything of significance?
Thought you were going with the once they find out he's good they will trade him stuff.
Sorry if the formatting sucks, just saw this on the twatter.John Arguello @CubsDen
I don't mean this to be a joke, but hearing that Chang-Yong Lim deal isn't done yet and not a sure thing either.
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34m Brett Taylor @BleacherNation
@CubsDen Is it just a matter of a physical? Seems important for a guy coming off second TJS.
28m John Arguello @CubsDen
@BleacherNation No. Unfortunately not that simple. You can DM me.
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Bold, GDub.FYI for those following Lim Chang-yon signing: Aging, rehabbing closer has split minors/majors deal. Gets paid the big $ if/when promoted.
Lim not on 40-man roster, by agreement, until Cubs consider him healthy/ready for shot.
Final Lim note: This is not a hangup or glitch in deal; it's the deal they struck.
5mm over 2 yrs? Really? For a 36 year old pitcher?
I think they overpaid on this one.
Oh well, at least he is Asian. I think their bodies tend to hold up better over the long term. Less games played over in Japan etc. So let us hope for the best.
It's certainly not unheard of for a Japanese/Korean player to come over here and have some success out the gate before eventually getting figured out by the league. A guy with a funky delivery and gimmick pitch has a better than usual chance of that happening, I'd imagine. Bullpen help is always in demand at the deadline, and his age means you don't lose any sleep over not keeping him around for the long haul.